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Jun 17, 2010
This week's theme
Words related to weather

This week's words
aeolian
virga
El Nino
pluvial
nimbus

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with Anu Garg

pluvial

PRONUNCIATION:
(PLOO-vee-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to rain, especially much rain.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin pluvia (rain), from pluere (to rain). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pleu- (to flow), that is also the source of flow, float, flit, fly, flutter, pulmonary, and pneumonia.

USAGE:
"The inclement weather was expected to continue throughout the week, and meteorologists predict that the next few days will remain pluvial."
Inclement Weather Sweeps Israel; The Jerusalem Post (Israel); Jan 18, 2010.

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